Consultation on a proposed expansion of age range for the Boxing Academy, with effect from September 2021


    The Boxing Academy opened as an Alternative Provision Free School in May 2017. The mission of the school is to offer high quality education and development to the most hard-to-reach girls and boys, realised through the discipline and ethos of boxing. It was rated Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in March 2020.

    Since moving to a new temporary site in September 2020, the school has been proud to open fully for all its pupils during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to requests from commissioners, both in Hackney and the surrounding boroughs, the Academy has decided to consult on expanding our offer to include years 8 and 9 (KS3).


    The Boxing Academy has achieved strong outcomes for some of the most vulnerable and challenging students in the education system, often after years of poor educational experiences. During the last three years the number of EHCP students referred to the academy has steadily risen, as has the number of LAC students referred by virtual schools. In many cases these students could have come to the BA sooner and had even better outcomes as a result.

    The new site means that the academy could safely provide for a younger cohort without disrupting its established KS4 programme. There are no plans to increase the Published Admission Number (PAN). Admission arrangements will remain unchanged. There will be no capital costs associated with this proposal.

    Who can respond to this consultation?

    Anyone who considers themselves to be affected by this proposal is welcome to respond to this consultation, including:

    ·       Each LA which maintains an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in respect of a child attending the school;

    ·       Current or past commissioners in schools and virtual schools;

    ·       Parents of children who attend the school;

    ·       Secondary schools in the area;

    ·       All AP authorities in surrounding boroughs;

    ·       The local neighbourhood community representatives.

    This consultation will run from 1 February to 22 March 2021.  All responses received will be considered by the Boxing Academy Board and will be documented in the consultation’s Summary Report. This will be submitted to the Secretary of State for consideration, and a summary of the findings will be published at a later date on this website.

    We invite members of the public to respond by filling in our online survey here (click link).